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>>> the cabinet reshuffle continues, and next in the hot seat, jack lew. it is wednesday, january 9th, and this is "now." >>> joining me today, "rolling stones" eric bates, heather mcgee, former traveling press secretary for the obama campaign jen psaki, and the effortlessly elegant msnbc contributor jonathan capehart of "the washington post." at a time of great fiscal uncertainty and belt tightening, president obama is poised to nominate as the next treasury secretary a man who brings his lunch to work every day, a cheese sandwich and apple to be precise, president obama will reportedly tap jack lew tomorrow to replace timothy geithner. lew would take over on the eve of another debt ceiling battle. in round one during the summer of 2011, boehner's top staffer called lew's debt ceiling negotiations disrespectful and dismissive. according to david plouffe, that is because jack knows the numbers and republicans couldn't pull a fast one. two names are being floated to replace lew, dennis mcdonagh, currently his deputy national security adviser and ron klain. but the latest cabinet nomi
obama will announce jack lew as his nominee for secretary of treasurer. he staffers believe it will be approved. analyst say the president's pick is a sign he will move forward with planned economic reforms and do so aggressively. mr. lew served as coo of nyu and worked at citigroup and served as white house office of management and budget chief and is currently white house chief of staff. apparently job one will be to work with congress to raise the borrowing limit and prevent default that could come as soon as next month. the announcement is at 1:30 p.m. eastern time. stay with "power lunch." we will take you inside the white house for all the details. ty, back to you. >> very interesting. now, of course, another major event at the wlohite house. taking place right now. vice president biden's task force making a change in the way americans buy, sell and potentially use firearms. eamon javers live at the white house. eamon? >> there are some that biden himself might not participate in. we just heard from the vice prest as he emerged from his first meeting of the day and he
have had the national security members of the team named in the last few days but now jack lew will be named, we expect tomorrow, to replace tim geithner who has been wanting to leave for some time. here is what president obama gets, someone with vast experience in handling capitol hill and dealing with budget negotiations. he's been a part of almost lever r every big budget negotiation the last couple of decades. secondly, someone who will remain part of his inner circle and genial personality. what he doesn't get is the experience tim geithner brought, years of financial regulation. tim geithner headed the bank of new york. he doesn't have the ties to wall street that a wall street executive might provide. jack lew did work at citigroup briefly, but he doesn't have deep ties there. this is a government person, but the president decided that that's what he needs in a time when he will have a pro trektive fight with republicans over spending cuts, over the budget, over the debt ceiling. this is where jack lew's experience and knowledge can come in and i would expect, sue, and t
's original signature. this is jack lew. all signs point to president obama say i knowing him to replace tim geithner. and if he is nominated and confirmed, that will mean that our money might end up looking like this. because that is jack lew's signature on it. if he doesn't choose to tune up the legibility of the loop de loops like tim geithner did, our money mite look like this. what "new york" magazine described as a slinky that has lost its spring, republicans in washington are hinting that we won't actually have to worry about seeing jack lew's wacky signature on our money. they're saying he doesn't have to worry about changing the signature to it looks good on the money because he, jack lew, will never be the guy who has to actually sign the money. he will never be treasury secretary. politico.com today to be, quote, scoffing at the notion of jack lew as treasury secretary. mitch mcconnell is said to have been irked by mr. lew in the past. republican senator from nebraska, mike johanns called lew a controversial pick. the reasonable he is controversial is, quote, i think there are nic
'm chortling here because of your outrage over the $1 trillion coin matched with your outrage over jack lew, i can't figure out which is mor amusing. should we put that in the democratic party platform? >> it already is, that's what's amusing. >> very good, very good. >> let's talk about jack lew for a second. normally this position should go to somebody from the finance world. i think that, unfortunately, that's very difficult to do that because the finance world had a lot to do with the crash in 2008. but normally those are the best people for this job. for treasury. and if you look at george w. bush, his first two people were quite able, especially paul o'neill, but they did not, were not able to do the treasury the way paulson did, which helped us get out of this dreadful problem that we had that started in 2008. so it is good to have a finance person. on the other hand, i believe you're wrong about omb. jack lew's been a terrific director of omb and most importantly, he absolutely does have a lot of foreign policy experience. when you're the chief of staff to the president of the united s
it official and nominates jack lew for treasury secretary. but, he received a quote obscene million dollar bonus as his boss obama would put it while working at citibank which got bailed out to the tune of $45 billion. is that part of the jack lew story that's going to make him toxic in his confirmation hearings? >>> and we go out to san diego where the family of the late nfl star junior learned he had a brain disease when he committed suicide. did football kill him? >>> and back to hollywood, my favorite movie of the year "lincoln" gets the lion share of oscar nominations. this is a fabulous film about government dysfunction and how abe lincoln solved it then. can we learn something about it now? the "kudlow report" begins right now. >>> first up this evening, call it the d.c. gun show. all the major gun players meeting with vice president joe biden and attorney general eric holder. cnbc's own eamon javers joins us now with all the details. good evening, eamon. >> good evening, larry. well, even as the vice president was holding a meeting in the white house complex today about gun control
of these markets plus a whole lot more including the imminent nomination of jack lew as treasury secretary may mean to the debt ceiling fight. we'll previau bank earnings which are about to kick o.those more than anything else could drive the markets in the coming weeks and aig will not join in former chief hank greenberg's lawsuit against the same u.s. taxpayers that bailed the company out. aig ceo bob benmoschy will be here. >> first take a look at the markets. what we're seeing is we have the markets higher though it's well off the highs. up 90 points on the dow industrials and we're up 34 points on the dow jones industrial average, 13,363 and the last trade on nasdaq has given up some of the oomph of earlier and the standard & poor's 500 has a similar chart pattern with a gain on the session of just 1.5 point, eking out positive territory. gentlemen, good to see you. thanks so much for spending the time. >> hi, maria. how are you? >> let's talk about this market because you certainly have a fair amount of issues that could seem troubling, and yet we continue to see money finding a home in equit
in washington. jack lew officially nominated as treasury chief. lew is known for his role in the being acrimonious talks in 2011. what could it mean this time. >> tiffany disappoints again with weaker holiday sales. there was weakness in the americas, strength in asia. so how much of a read through to the rest of retail is this earnings report? >>> nokia shares soaring this morning after a bullish outlook for the first quarter. >>> and herbal life's big day to defend itself against bill ackman's damning allegations. we'll have the latest and the ceo join us later in the show. >>> well, today president obama is set to nominate white house chief of staff jack lew as his next treasury secretary. succeeding tim geithner. lew has been budget director in both the obama and clinton administrations. he will pray a major role of course in negotiations over the debt ceiling and potential spending cuts. the president will make his announcement at 1:30 eastern. it's an event in the east room at the white house. i have to say off the bat just because he's a forest hills guy like me that i, you know
'm interested in, for example, in the treasury secretary position, jack lew, you know, this is somebody who is a safe pair of hands. it's somebody who is not going to rock the boat, and i wonder if that doesn't represent kind of the hunkering down economically in a way kind of a saying, you know, we're not going to take on any new big topics. we're going to have to be battling the same -- >> you interpret that as hunkering because i think a lot of other people say -- and the "wall street journal" has plenty to say on this. team of liberal loyalists they write. "as budget director and chief of staff in the obama white house, mr. lew has been the president's most partisan and implaquable negotiator. he no doubt reflects mr. obama, but no one should think he'll emerge at his own in the treasury." >> i think you want pick garrett ginslerin. if you wanted to make big changes in jobs and investment, it would have been a more -- >> the first fight, though, is taking on congress, and that's -- >> that's a point of making. >> and one of the reasons they don't like him, so many republicans, that in 2
-time. he is talking about jack lew to be secretary of the treasury are. there is not even one controversial episode in jack lew's entire life history. but senator jeff sessions who is not even a member of the committee that will definitely vote to confirm jack lew is trying to make his confirmation controversial perhaps because he still hasn't gotten over the fact that the senate judiciary committee voted against his nomination to be a federal judge in 1986. joy read the jack lew thing it doesn't get less controversial than this. poor little jeff sessions isn't going to get to ask him questions in the hearing because he isn't on the hear. >> this is like confirmation theater. darn it they were nominated by barack obama. they have the bam of stain on them. lew's issue is his weird signature. >> right. eugene robinson. you have seen this stuff over the years. take us through what is going to happen with haegle. you have the secretary of defense. something that bill clinton did. and republicans are going no, we don't like this guy. i think what is going to happen is a lot of nose and complaini
as jack lew is somebody who served as chief of staff. he was budget director before that. he served in hillary clinton's state department. he does not have a deep background and ties to wall street and business. he's a creature of congress, made his name in washington working for tip o'neal, the house speaker. very hard working, very key, very bright. republicans found him a difficult negotiators in some of the budget talks over the last couple of years, but i would expect, andrew, that he's going to be confirmed pretty handily even though he'll have difficult questions in his confirmation hearing. >> john, how disappointed -- and perhaps now, but it appears that the business community seems disappointed, if you read "the wall street journal" editorial page today. there's a sense of disappointment that the president didn't pick somebody from the business community, somebody with more experience in the world of finance private sector as joe would say. >> i understand the disappointment because they want one of theirs. but, you know, president obama wants one of his in that job. when
all cited by president obama as he nominated his chief of staff, jack lew, to be the next treasury secretary but the announcement is drawing attention to the makeup of the president's second-term cabinet. it's on track to be dominated by men. our white house correspondent brianna keilar is joining us from the white house. what is the white house saying about all of this? >> reporter: wolf, the white house has been asked about this quite a bit. white house press secretary jay carney has said that the president believes diversity is important and he's highlighted that there are a number of women serving in the white house and in the administration and indeed there are, wolf, and there's lack of topics in his cabinet. president obama choose a trusted insider to replace timothy geithner as treasury secretary. >> under president clinton, he presided over three budget surpluses in a row. so for all of the talk out there about deficit reduction, making sure our books are balanced, this is the guy who did it three times. >> reporter: jack lew, obama's chief of staff and former budget direc
suit. >> i think it's great. >> agree. eight minutes after the hour. and jack lew, what an interesting signature this man has. if jack lew, president obama's nominee for treasury secretary gets the gig this scribble may be on all of your money. lew may have the most illegible signature of all time. look at it. it's nothing but a doodle. like nine loops in a row. >> that is something my 2-year-old would do. >> on treasury secretary. yesterday president obama assured the world that the american dollar is, in fact, safe. >> i had never noticed jack's signature. and when this was highlighted yesterday in the press, i considered rescinding my offer to appoint him. jack assures me that he is going to work to make at least one lett lett letter legible, should he be confirmed as secretary of treasury. >> this is what his signature would actually look like on the dollar bill. that's just awful. >> is it third grade when they focus on your handwriting skills and penmanship? maybe he can sit in on a class. >> the treasury secretary wants to audit your class. >>> nine minutes past the hour. yester
. and this is "hardball," the place for politics. >>> as expected this afternoon, president obama tapped jack lew to be the next secretary of the treasury. lew, a man i believe of good and strong values, currently is the president's white house chief of staff. before that he was director of the office of management and budget. the president urged congress to confirm him quickly. >> jack has my complete trust. i know i'm not alone in that. in the words of one former senator, having lew on your team is the equivalent as a coach of having the luxury of putting somebody at almost any position and knowing he will do well, and i could not agree more. >> that man standing there, jack lew, looks exactly the same when he was 25 years old working next to me in tip o'neill's office, exactly the same. i don't believe it. lew's nomination signals the president is putting on the upcoming budget battles with congress. we'll be right back. [ male announcer ] the more you lose, the more you lose because for every 2 pounds you lose through diet and exercise, alli can help you lose one more by blocking some of the
for some solutions and what might work, did you find any encouragement in the nominating of jack lew to this very important post of treasury secretary today? >> he does not remind me of alexander hamilton. >> that's all you're going to say? >> that's all i'm going to say. i'll give him a chance to be alexander hamilton. >> but why not? >>y in secretary of the debt would be to, first of all, talk in english in our problems and secondly to understand that the -- the revenues put nort so far have been all political and rhetorical, and what we want is the stern stuff of a monastery -- a monetary approach. we want a dollar in exchange for something tangible. and that's gold bouillon. we've not had that for the past -- well, since 1971, about 0-odd years, and what we need is at least a discussion about the nature of our monetary problem that really is a fundamental source of our fiscal problem. >> why would that work going back to gold bouillon? >> because there's only so much gold and can only be so many dollars. >> there's a limited amount, a limited supply. >> you don't have to rely on
out until january 25th in the treasury, giving jack lew to confirm and i guess perfect his signature. let's see what we've learned, what does he leave for jack lew. he got the stress test done. actually, that's not correct there. let's move away from that. what we're talking about here is the -- let me go to my notes. the stimulus was done -- but sustained growth was not. frank dod basel iii was not done. aig also done. what is the geithner model? what is the geithner doctrine? i think you can say like this, overwhelming government force when it's clear it's needed. b in a crisis, spend, regulate and guarantee and do it with conviction. let's talk about one of the things left over from the geithner years, which is going to be the issue of debt and deficit. i think you would say there was some accomplishment when it came to getting some of these deals in place. but ultimately, he probably thought that some of these things would come off and be declining faster than they have. we've learned a lot about the financial crisis. in fact, we're going to be debating the correct government res
for treasury secretary jack lew. why did you do that? >> well, jack is a decent guy. he's a smart guy. he's been in public service for a long time. but frankly, i am really tired of the president, and i support the president, continuing to appoint folks who come from wall street. we need people at the -- in the treasury department, secretary of treasury, who are going to have the guts to stand up to wall street. to ask why we are not, for example, breaking up the six largest financial institutions, ed, that have assets equivalent to 2/3 of the gdp of the united states. to ask questions about how we got into this recession in the first place, which has everything to do with the greed and recklessness and illegal behavior on wall street. to ask why it is there are people watching the show paying 25% interest rates on their credit cards. those are my concerns. we need somebody at the department of treasury who's going to have the guts to take on wall street and not simply come from wall street. >> senator, great to have you with us tonight. obviously, we'll do it again. i appreciate it so mu
. is >> obama's nominee for treasury secretary, jack lew, is facing criticism because his signature, which will appear on the dollar bill, is completely ill legible. look at this signature. this is real. [ laughter ] in response, lew is like, i will fix this or my name isn't (garble). >> steve: it does look like a shrinky. >> alisyn: it does and reminiscent as "fox & friends" pointed out, of the hostess cupcake. that's jack lew's signature on the left and right. >> steve: how can you tell them apart? >> alisyn: you can't. >> eric: the scary part is if he would become secretary, he would be signing the dollar bills a lot of zeros there. a lot of debt. >> steve: it looks like a lot of zeros in his signature. that's how it would mock up if he is confirmed. >> eric: he needs six more zeros. >> steve: my wife said look at jack lew's signature that, is a good reason they need to keep cursive in the school. she told me that. this morning, did you realize that there are a number of states where they no longer teach cursive in the schools, since back in 2011, in the state of indiana, they just got
general of the united states. we'll talk to you about if you're feelings of jack lew in a moment. on the deal that we did. you see everybody's taken the zeros off of what we owe and everybody's seen that now. i guess we're making $23,000 a year, we're spending $38,000. so we're adding $16,000 to our credit card bill every year. and we already owe $160,000 on our credit card bill. and the fiscal cliff deal cut $38 off of our expenses or something when you take everything off. is that -- >> actually worse than that. >> how can it be worse? >> actually our cliff bill was an absolute embarrassment to the united states of america. let me clarify. if we had gone over the cliff, it would have been an "f." and a total failure of our system. but when you analyze the bill, it was an "f" on spending. we actually increased spending. we didn't reduce 13e7bding. we increased spending. >> all the democrats tell me that there was already a trillion dollars of spending cuts that -- i didn't -- >> that was from august 2011. okay, but what i'm saying is, if you just look at this bill in isolation,
this signature on the paper dollar. douglas dillon. now that jack lew is to succeed, the problem is this. the squirrely signature. it's going to show on the paper money if he's confirmed. offered up some comparisons to his signature. the crazy straw you get at six flags. a slip of paper you used to test out pens in office max. and a classic. the hair of peanuts character sally brown. there it is too. >>> up next, can anyone save the republican party from itself? the answer may be on the cover of the new "time" magazine. there it is. you're watching "hardball," the place for politics. with the spark cash card from capital one, sven gets great rewards for his small business! how does this thing work? oh, i like it! [ garth ] sven's small business earns 2% cash back on every purchase, every day! woo-hoo!!! so that's ten security gators, right? put them on my spark card! why settle for less? testing hot tar... great businesses deserve great rewards! [ male announcer ] the spark business card from capital one. choose unlimited rewards with 2% cash back or double miles on every purchase, every
january 25th. unclear if that's going to mean a seamless transition with the president's nominee jack lew since it seems unlikely at this point lew will be confirmed by the senate before geithner leaves. so maybe the deputy secretary will fill that gap. geithner, if he wants one, can have almost any finance job that he wants. he'll take at least six months to consider his option. they don't say whether or not he wants to go into finance. the question is what kind of job would be appropriate for geithner to take given that he was intimately involved in bank rescue operations over the past several years? and what kind of job could he take in the post-crisis world and still be eligible to come back into government if he wanted? fed chairman ben bernanke, he's expected to move on after his term expires in 2014, and geithner would clearly be someone the president would consider. according to sources, geithner wouldn't want the job but the president has been very successful in getting geithner to do things he hasn't wanted to, like stay on treasury for an extra year or two and geitner has been
, and i finally figured out why jack lew's signature has all those loops. they are actually zeros and that's how much he's going to add to our debt. >> you don't know that for sure. we're going to have that debate on the debt ceiling in the next month. you don't think we're going to see any spending cuts? >> we have been inculcated throughout our history that they will increase the debt ceiling without ever addressing the real problem which is, correct, 100%, maria, it is spending. >> unless the market forces the hand, too, because one thing our leaders do respond to is the stock market, whereas in the early '80s it was the bond vigilantes that ruled the root i think these guys get terrified when the stock market starts going down because they -- you know, from the way they calibrate things, you don't have bonds to do it so now you have the stock market. >> if you get money supply growing at 12% and bonds are in the biggest bubble in the history of mankind, the money is going to go into stocks. that's the path of least resistance. >> maria, what you have to watch very carefully, you have a
late night comics new material. even the president joked about jack lew's loopy signature saying he better make it more readable before it's printed on u.s. dollar bills. listen to what some of the professional comics are saying. >> that's your signature? or are you just testing to see if the pen works? hey, lew, here's a tip, stop signing all your checks on the teacup ride at disney world. the only way you're allowed to have that as your signature is if your name is boyoyoyong. >> he worked at hostess as a cupcake icer, and now he's -- it's good. it's about time our bills look like they were signed by a roomba. >> our bills should have nothing ridiculous on it, just old men in wigs and pyramids with eyes. is this even a signature? or did he start drawing charlie brown and give up after the hair? good grief. and it got no better when lew explained his fiscal philosophy saying, quote, i described budgets as tapestry, when it's woven together our picture amounts to the hopes and dreams of a nation. >> that is so funny. let's check in with erin burnett, coming up at the top of the hour
as treasury secretary. fox news confirming president obama is choosing jack lew. casey anthony lawyers will appeal today. anthony was found guilty of lying to detectives. >>steve: you might have said you liked it when you got it, but what do you do with all those christmas presents if you didn't really like them and don't really need them? don't feel bad because roughly 10% to 15 partly cloudy of all christmas gifts are taken back or exchanged. that adds up to nearly $88 billion worth of things. how can you turn your unwanted gifts into cash? we are joined by an expert, sandra smith. good morning to you. >> good morning. >>steve: for one reason or another we get stuff for christmas maybe we don't need. we've got four of those already. you've got a way you can make some money. >> you can open a closet and dedicate it to all those unwanted christmas gifts and use them throughout the year. maybe you get candles and soaps you may not want. however you may be going to a dinner party later in the year -- >>steve: you're talking about regifting. >> while it's not immediate cash in your pocket
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